Added on May, 2013
Whilst the civilised enjoyment of food and wine are the most popular sports at Hambleton by a wide margin, the perfect balance is achieved when some outdoor activity can be added to the mix.
Walking, cycling, sailing or birdwatching around Rutland Water are obvious choices. Alternatively many of our visitors like to seek some inspiration in a fine garden. My favourite in our region is Coton Manor which requires an expedition south-west into rural Northants (approx. 50 minutes drive). Beautifully planted and maintained by Susie Pasley-Tyler, Coton has glorious herbaceous borders, climbers, pots and containers and a handy café for lunch. Closer at hand are the famous Barnsdale Gardens (10 minutes drive) where Geoff Hamilton created small gardens with inspired design for BBC’s “Gardeners World” and the work is continued by his son Nick. Easton Walled Gardens are also well worth a visit and within around 20 minutes drive. At Easton, Lady Ursula Cholmeley is making tremendous progress with her project to restore some magnificent formal gardens which were abandoned some 60 years ago when the big house was demolished.